August 2013 Indie Next List
“Ruby Rosseau, believes, like other
women writers before her, that she had gone mad. Her suicide
attempt at Tarble, a women's college, leads to her dropping out
and failing to graduate. Ten months later, a suitcase with her
name on it arrives at her home via courier. But the suitcase
belongs to a former classmate at Tarble who has gone missing. Her
search for her friend leads her back to Tarble to face her past
and the ghosts that threaten to destroy her life. It will take a
'butterfly sister,' someone who inspires metamorphosis, to save
her and her friend. Hansen's debut of madness, mystery, revenge,
betrayal, love and literature will keep you guessing until the
surprise ending. A great story for a women's book group.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
In The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen—a moving Gothic tale that intertwines mystery, madness, betrayal, love, and literature—a fragile young woman must silence the ghosts of her past.
Ten months after dropping out of all-girl Tarble College, Ruby Rousseau is still haunted by the memories of her senior year, a time marred by an affair with her English professor and a deep depression that caused her to question her sanity.
When a mysterious suitcase arrives bearing Ruby's name and address, she tries to return it to its rightful owner, Beth—a dorm-mate at Tarble—only to learn that Beth disappeared two days earlier.
With clues found in the luggage, including a tattered copy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own, which Ruby believes instigated her madness, she sets out to uncover the truth.
About the Author
A former English teacher, Amy Gail Hansen is a freelance writer and journalist living in suburban Chicago. This is her first novel.
“Hansen’s first novel is heartfelt, suspenseful and very, very satisfying!”
— Nancy Woodruff, author of My Wife's Affair
“I LOVED IT. That book is the perfect beach read... girls who like dishy romantic thrillers are going to go nuts for it this summer. I myself couldn’t put it down til I was done, like it was a big fat pina colada.”
— Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author
“That rare thing, a dark mystery that also works on your heart, ‘The Butterfly Sister’ is a beguiling, terrifying story and Amy Gail Hansen a true find.”
— Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
“Hansen’s debut cleverly entwines these literary ghosts into a suspenseful and swiftly paced light mystery.”
— Kirkus Reviews
— Publishers Weekly